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Cheers, fears as Amazon unveils HQ plan

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It's exciting for some, worrisome for others: The arrival of a massive headquarters of technology giant Amazon in two …

EU Trade Commissioner seeks to further talks with US

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EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom arrived in Washington on Tuesday to further talks with the United States on a …

Britain announces draft Brexit deal with EU

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Britain has agreed a draft Brexit deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday, although …

'Incomparable' $50 mn pink diamond smashes record at Geneva auction

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An exceptionally rare pink diamond of nearly 19 carats fetched 50.3 million Swiss francs ($50 million, 44 million euros) …

Japan economy shrinks in Q3 as natural disasters hit

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Japan's economy shrank in the three months to September, official data showed Wednesday, after a string of natural …

Mexican presidents accused as defense opens El Chapo trial

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Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is the "scapegoat" of a cartel that bribed Mexican presidents, the defense told his …

'The facts are not right': Federer fumes over scheduling row

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Roger Federer has hit back at claims he gets preferential treatment from tennis tournaments due to his status as one of …

Bleeding on lungs sees Aussie paceman Hastings retire

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Australian fast bowler John Hastings has retired from all forms of cricket fearing a mystery ailment could lead him to …

Italy sticks to big-spending budget in high-stakes EU standoff

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Italy's populist government defied the European Commission Tuesday by sticking to its big-spending budget plan, risking …

NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

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Deadly radiation from the cosmos, potential vision loss, and atrophying bones are just some of the challenges scientists …

Firefighters battle blazes on two fronts in California, 44 dead

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Thousands of firefighters battled blazes in northern and southern California on Tuesday as body recovery teams searched …

Sights still on US, migrant caravan marks month on the road

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The caravan of Central American migrants trekking across Mexico toward the United States marked one month on the road …

New Amazon HQ split between New York, Washington suburbs

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Amazon's "second headquarters" is being split between New York City and the Washington suburbs, the US tech giant …

Trump lashes Macron as Europe moves on defense without US

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Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed an extraordinary attack on Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president's approval …

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

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Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel on Tuesday after a …

UK says has agreed draft Brexit deal with EU

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Britain has agreed a draft Brexit deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday, but she …

UK says reaches draft Brexit deal with EU

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British and EU negotiators have reached a framework Brexit agreement that will be examined by the UK cabinet at an …

Sniffer dogs join grim search for victims of deadly California fires

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Body recovery teams with sniffer dogs carried out a grim search for fire victims on Tuesday as thousands of weary …

CNN sues over barring of reporter, White House vows vigorous defense

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CNN sued Donald Trump's administration Tuesday, alleging the White House violated journalist Jim Acosta's constitutional …

Gaza militants announce Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel

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Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel on Tuesday after a …

Amazon announces new HQ split between New York, Washington suburbs

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Amazon announced Tuesday it would split its "second headquarters" between New York City and a Washington suburb in …

Trump-Macron 'bromance' on rocks as US leader lashes ally

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Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed an extraordinary attack on Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president's approval …

European stocks rebound before Italy budget update, oil slumps

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European stock markets rebounded on Tuesday, with all eyes on heavily indebted Italy, whose populist government is set …

UK says Saudi-led coalition to allow Huthi medical evacuations from Yemen

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has agreed to allow some wounded Huthi rebels to be evacuated, following a …

Timeline for massive China-backed trade deal slips

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The completion of the world's largest trade deal -- backed by Beijing and excluding the United States -- has been pushed …

Rocket barrages, Israeli strikes threaten new Gaza war

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The worst escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war threatened to descend into …

Port still running in Yemen's Hodeida after air strikes

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Two Saudi-led air strikes hit the main entrance to the rebel-held port of Hodeida but the docks were still operating …

'We don't need their prize': Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Suu Kyi award

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Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defence of Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday after Amnesty International stripped …

Most Asian markets down as tech, energy firms take a hit

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Technology firms fell in Asia Tuesday, tracking a deep sell-off in New York where Apple was hammered by worries about …

Deadliest fire in California history kills 42 people

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The death toll from a huge blaze in northern California rose to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest wildfire in state …

China-backed trade deal pushed back to 2019

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A China-backed bid to complete the world's largest trade deal -- without the United States -- was pushed back to next …

Still alive in Paradise after fire, but then what?

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Some plan to travel far away, while others are determined to rebuild their lives here, but most of the survivors of the …

El Chapo's US drug trial set for opening statements

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Prosecutors and defense lawyers are set to deliver opening statements Tuesday in the New York trial of Joaquin "El …

Swedish striker Ibrahimovic named top MLS newcomer

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Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Los Angeles Galaxy was named Monday as Major League Soccer Newcomer of the …

Irish are big enough test without thinking of painful past: Crotty

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Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland present enough of a challenge for world champions New Zealand in Saturday's …

Amazon picks New York, suburban Washington for new, split HQ: WSJ

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Amazon has decided to split its new headquarters between New York City and a Washington suburb in Northern Virginia, The …

Deadly Gaza flare-up threatens to derail peace efforts

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Renewed violence in Gaza threatened to thwart efforts to end months of unrest as Israeli air strikes killed four …

Smartphones: a double-edged sword for terrorists

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Bombs and guns aside, a smartphone can be a powerful weapon in the hands of a terrorist -- but it can also provide …

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dead at 95: US media

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Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The …

Remembering Stan Lee: tributes to the late Marvel legend

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Tributes poured in Monday for Stan Lee -- the co-creator of iconic superheroes including Spider-Man, The Hulk and the …

North Korea 'hiding missile bases', US researchers say

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North Korea is operating at least 13 undeclared bases to hide mobile, nuclear-capable missiles, a new study asserted …

'Incomparable' pink diamond could smash record at Geneva auction

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An exceptionally rare 19-carat pink diamond goes under the hammer in Geneva Tuesday, when it could fetch $50 million (44 …

Stigma or separation: The painful choice facing Myanmar's single mothers

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Eight months pregnant, shamed by her family and shunned by the father of her child, Aye Mar has accepted she will have …

Straight outta Bangkok: Thai rappers lay into junta, social conformity

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"A country killing the people... doesn't give a damn about its children," spits 17-year-old Elevenfinger, one of a …

Asian markets tumble as tech, energy firms take a battering

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Technology firms led a plunge in Asian markets Tuesday, tracking a deep sell-off in New York where Apple tumbled on …

Sock shines in doubles at ATP Finals after rankings plunge

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Jack Sock found himself in the bizarre situation of being back at the ATP Finals as a doubles player on Monday -- just a …

Facebook back up after Americas service interruption

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Facebook users in the Americas were able to get back onto their profiles Monday afternoon, after the social media …

Rocket-maker ArianeGroup to cut 2,300 jobs

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European aerospace and defence firm ArianeGroup is to cut 2,300 jobs by 2022 as orders tumble and development of a new …

150 killed in battle for Yemen's Hodeida as global alarm grows

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At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, medics said Monday, as …

Israeli air strikes hit Gaza after rocket fire, Hamas TV destroyed

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Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed three Palestinians and destroyed a Hamas TV building on Monday after a barrage of …

Turkey, France spar over Khashoggi killing

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Turkey on Monday lashed out at "unacceptable" and "impertinent" comments by the French foreign minister who accused …

Firefighters dig battle lines as body count mounts in California

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Thousands of firefighters spent a fifth day Monday digging battle lines to contain California's worst ever wildfire as …

Stan Lee, Marvel legend and father of superheroes, dies at 95

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Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The …

Israeli air strikes hit Gaza after rocket fire, three killed

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Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians on Monday after a barrage of rocket fire into its …

Quantum leap for mass as science redefines the kilogramme

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Sealed in a vault beneath a duke's former pleasure palace among the sycamore-streaked forests west of Paris sits an …

Israel air strikes hit Gaza after rocket fire, three killed

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Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians on Monday after a barrage of rocket fire towards its …

Real reward interim boss Solari with permanent contract

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Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn …

Israeli air strikes target Gaza Strip after rocket fire

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Israel's military said it was carrying out air strikes "throughout the Gaza Strip" on Monday after a barrage of rocket …

At least six killed in Kabul suicide attack

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Six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been …

Deadly Israeli Gaza operation threatens to derail truce efforts

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A clash that erupted during an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip and killed eight people threatened …

Saudi minister calls for 1 mln bpd global oil output cut

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Saudi Arabia's energy minister called Monday for a global output cut of one million barrels per day to re-balance the …

At least six killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

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Six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of Afghans had been …

California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

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The death toll in a raging California wildfire has reached 29, matching the deadliest in the state's history as …

At least three killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

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At least three people were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up in Kabul Monday, close to where scores of …

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

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Singapore's prime minister made an impassioned plea Monday for open markets and warned "political pressures" were …

French yachtsman, 62, wins transatlantic race in record time

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French yachtsman Francis Joyon, 62, won the Route du Rhum transatlantic race in record time on Sunday, outpacing young …

149 killed as Yemen rebels hold back loyalists in Hodeida

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At least 149 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Yemen's vital port city of Hodeida, medics and military …

Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram

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Akihiko Kondo's mother refused an invitation to her only son's wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn't such …

SoftBank unveils massive $21 bn IPO of Japan mobile unit

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Telecoms giant SoftBank will list shares in its Japanese mobile unit next month in a sale that could raise over $21 …

149 killed in 24 hours in Yemen's Hodeida: medics, military

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At least 149 people including civilians have been killed in 24 hours of clashes between government loyalists and rebels …

How to drive a robot on Mars

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Some 78 million miles (126 million kilometers) from Earth, alone on the immense and frigid Red Planet, a robot the size …

Deadly clash erupts during Israel operation in Gaza

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An exchange of fire erupted during an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing six Palestinians …

Alibaba hits another 'Singles Day' record but growth slows

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba filled a record $30.7 billion in orders on Sunday during its annual "Singles Day" …

In China's Himalayas, a wine 'flying above the clouds'

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A $300 bottle of wine sold in the United States and Europe is made in the unlikeliest of places: at the foot of the …

Pneumonia to kill nearly 11 mn children by 2030, study warns

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Pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under five by 2030, experts warned Monday on a global day aimed at …

Trump-style nationalism comes under fire at WWI commemorations in Paris

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World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, with French President Emmanuel …

Warhol in New York: a fresh experience for audiences old and new

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His Marilyn Monroe paintings and oversize soup cans are cultural icons, but in an exhibition opening Monday, New York's …

Foreign troops pour into PNG capital for APEC meet

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Papua New Guinea has deployed a multi-national force of warships, fighter jets and elite counter-terrorism troops to …

Irish are a car in need of fine-tuning, says Schmidt

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Joe Schmidt compared Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland to a car which required a tune-up ahead of the …

Hell in Paradise: fire crews in grim search for California's dead

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Search teams recovered bodies from the devastation left by California's most destructive ever wildfire on Sunday, as the …

Man City dominate Man Utd, Liverpool win but Chelsea, Arsenal stumble

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Manchester City stormed back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United on …

Verstappen threatens to 'punch' Ocon as Hamilton wins Brazilian GP

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Dutch driver Max Verstappen was accused of trying to punch French rival Esteban Ocon after a controversial clash at …

Clash erupts during Israel operation in Gaza, six dead: officials

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An exchange of fire erupted during an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving six Palestinians …

US tells Saudi prince Khashoggi killers to be held accountable

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday the US will hold accountable all …

Ukraine separatists elect leaders in defiance of West

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People in Russian-backed separatist controlled areas of eastern Ukraine voted for new leaders on Sunday in polls …

Drained Man Utd outclassed as Man City move top of Premier League

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho blamed a draining week for their disappointing performance as Manchester City …

Barca stunned by Betis to suffer first league home defeat in two years

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Barcelona lost at home in La Liga for the first time in more than two years as Real Betis pulled off a stunning 4-3 …

Clashes reach residential streets in Yemen's Hodeida

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Fighting for control of Yemen's rebel-held city of Hodeida reached residential streets on Sunday, as the Huthi …

Trump hails America's 'great warriors' in WWI cemetery visit

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President Donald Trump paid tribute to the "great warriors" who died in World War I as he visited a US cemetery in …

Sri Lanka speaker urges officials to defy president 'illegal orders'

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Sri Lanka's speaker on Sunday accused President Maithripala Sirisena of usurping parliament and urged public servants to …

Anderson outmuscles Thiem to win ATP Finals opener

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Kevin Anderson overpowered Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 (12/10) to win his ATP Finals opener on Sunday as Roger Federer …

Trump, Putin absent for leaders' symbolic walk in Paris rain

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United in the rain, world leaders walked slowly up the Champs-Elysees in Paris to mark a century since the end of World …

Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris: Russian media

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday he had a brief but good conversation with US leader Donald Trump at …

Investigators in grim search for dead as California fires rage

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Search teams scoured the carnage of California's most destructive ever wildfire Sunday, with the state-wide death toll …

Ukraine rebels elect leaders in defiance of West

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Voters in rebel-held east Ukraine chose new leaders Sunday after Russia defied Western calls not to sabotage peace talks …

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

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World leaders gathered in the driving rain in Paris on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, with host …

World leaders mark WWI centenary in sombre Paris ceremony

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US President Donald Trump, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and dozens of other world leaders joined France's …

Police stop protesters approaching Trump motorcade in Paris

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French police stopped two topless protesters who approached the motorcade of US President Donald Trump as he made his …

California fire death toll rises to 23

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Firefighters battled raging blazes at both ends of drought-stricken California on Sunday, with the death toll rising to …

Ukraine rebels hold elections in defiance of West

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Voters in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Sunday elected new leaders after the assassination of a top separatist as Kiev …

Sombre ceremonies from Wellington to New Delhi mark WWI armistice centenary

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India, Australia and New Zealand paused Sunday on the centenary of the end of World War I to remember the more than …

Australia terror attacker 'inspired by Islamic State'

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A Somali-born Australian who went on a deadly knife rampage in the country's second-largest city Melbourne was inspired …